UK vs US

I'm a long-standing fan of the BBC Life on Mars (and the sequel Ashes to Ashes) and watched the first episode of the US version for comparison.

I just want to know what people think of the two versions? Preferences, and why?

I know what I think, but want to know what others thought, especially if you saw the US version first, then the UK one (i.e. the opposite to me).


Default avatar cat
Feb 8, 2009 10:59AM EST

No just no don't start this....+

Default avatar cat
Feb 8, 2009 11:30AM EST

I watched the UK one first, but I've never seen the US one. Purely because I think it didn't need to be made. I've heard the US one can't hold a candle to the UK one, but who am I to judge?

Default avatar cat
Feb 8, 2009 1:10PM EST

The only series in the US spun from a UK series that did well is The Office that I know of. I definitely think there are differences between UK and US humor, and preferences for entertainment, that the US mainstream viewing audience can't support. But I'm a huge fan of Fortysomething.

Default avatar cat
Feb 23, 2009 2:26PM EST

I saw the UK version first and really enjoyed it .... really really enjoyed it.
However ... the US one definitely measures up and (I can't believe I'm going to say this) I think it may just be overtaking the UK one in some key respcts!!
I like the fact that the charactors are becoming far more complex than they ever did in the UK version. There are clear tensions being explored - especially between Carling and Norris - that never evolved in the UK version. I also have to say on this that Michael Imperioli and Gretch Mol are brialliant in these roles.
The UK version only ever explored the dynamics between the supporting cast and Tyler directly - never between each other.
In the earlier episodes, there were alot of parallels between the UK and US plots, but these have since begun to diverge in the detail and charactorisation to a point where I'm beginning to prefer the extra depth the US version is beginning to reveal.
The UK version was brilliant but it's refreshing to see that the US version isn't a simple clone but a mould breaking recasting and re-imagining of a great concept - and in many critically subtle ways - a better one at that!!
OK - I've said it and I'm ready for the on slaught

Default avatar cat
Feb 23, 2009 2:32PM EST

heh, actually, I'm quite surprised how nice everyone's been so far. It's difficult to get an opinion on this sort of thing normally without people flaming each other.
Reading the last comment, I might try to watch the US version again, maybe a later episode. I had started liking it, then got bored through the first episode, and haven't had a chance to get back since. I was interested in how they'd take the very English things out and change them, like the girl in the tv, and the slang used etc.
Really, I'd like to see the US version as new, like Ashes to Ashes, same concept, but different year, characters and overall plot line. That's what I think would be more interesting to see.

Default avatar cat
Feb 27, 2009 9:48PM EST

I watched all the US episodes that have aired and i really like the show.. I liked it so much that i figured i would really enjoy another dose of it from the brits. I mean they did Doctor who so charismatically , surely they could bring alot of wit to it right? Well the only one i liked in the UK version was the guy that played sam and the cute girl that he ended up with at the end of it.
The rest of the characters lacked any depth and i didn't feel like really belonged in their roles....they just didn't even try to make it their own. As i had watched the US version first, one thing kept nagging at me and it was the fact that the actor in the UK version looked skinny and like one of those guys that would play a mafia weasley kind of guy with a weird annoying brit accent. The ending to the UK version was the best though and it's the only reason i'm going to watch the rest of the US version.

Default avatar cat
Nov 22, 2009 4:07PM EST

I fell in love with the American version when it came out last year. My only complaint is that the show only lasted one season. I am just now starting to watch the British version and it seems pretty good so far. I am curious to see how both seasons end. Does anyone know if there is a 3rd season or did it end in the UK after season 2?

Default avatar cat
Nov 22, 2009 7:04PM EST

Life on Mars ended at season 2, but there's been two seasons so far of the sequel/spin-off series, Ashes to Ashes, if you look that one up :D

Default avatar cat
Dec 23, 2009 9:55PM EST

from what we have been allowed to see I have liked both versions (however, the blond US Annie is much better looking than the brunette UK one). Typical of ABC if a show is good in the US it gets cancelled (even the similar show Journeyman). These TV execs should be sent to Gitmo....

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